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May 29 Senate impeachment court record

May 29 Senate impeachment court record

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Verdict on the Corona impeachment
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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012,
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AT 2:20 P.M., THE PRESIDING OFFICER, SENATE PRESIDENT JUAN PONCE ENRILE,CALLED THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO C.CORONA TO ORDER.
The Presiding Officer
. The continuation of the Impeachment Trial of the Hon. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Renato C. Corona is hereby called to order.We shall be led in prayer by Sen. Manny Villar.
Senator Villar
.Almighty Father,In Psalm 58, You asked, “Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge uprightlyamong men?”
 Maraming salamat, Panginoon, sa Iyong mga salita. Higit naming kailangan itongayon habang ginagampanan ang aming mga tungkulin bilang mga hukom sa paglilitisna ito.Salamat, Panginoon, sa makasaysayang araw na itinakda Ninyo upang tuldukanang paglilitis na ito. Ito ang katapusan, ngunit ito rin ang simula, simula ng panibagonggawain para sa Inyong mga lingkod. Anuman ang hatol, tulungan Ninyong makausad ang aming bansa na dala-dala ang bagong pag-asa na Inyong ipinangako. TulunganPo Ninyo kami sa aming tunay na gawain na matulungan ang mga walang trabaho, angmga nagugutom, ang mga maralita, at ang mga nangangarap. Basbasan Mo po kamina sa pag-unlad ng aming demokrasya ay ang pag-usad rin ng aming ekonomiya. Bahaginan Mo po kami ng Iyong karunungan at pang-unawa. Ikaw ang magsilbinggabay at ilaw sa pagbuo ng aming desisyon. Mangibabaw nawa ang respeto sa bawat isa. Mangibabaw nawa ang paggalang. Mangibabaw nawa ang katarungan. At higit sa lahat, mangibabaw nawa ang tama.
Republic of the Philippines
Senate
Record of the Senate
Sitting As An Impeachment Court
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Pasay City 
 
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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
 Ipinapanalangin namin, O Diyos, na manaig ang mga testigong nagsasabi ng totoo. Manaig ang mga testimonyang walang bahid ng kasinungalingan. At higit sa lahat,manaig ang katotohanan sa lahat ng ito.
Give unto us the strength of discernment to choose what is right and honorable, as guidedby our conscience and steered by Your divine will. As You said finally, “
Consummatum est 
.”To God be the glory.Amen.
The Presiding Officer
.Amen.The Secretary will please call the roll.
The Secretary
,
reading:
Senator Edgardo J. Angara...............................................................PresentSenator Joker P. Arroyo...................................................................PresentSenator Alan Peter “Compañero” S. Cayetano................................PresentSenator Pia S. Cayetano...................................................................PresentSenator Miriam Defensor Santiago....................................................PresentSenator Franklin M. Drilon...............................................................PresentSenator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada.......................................................PresentSenator Francis G. Escudero............................................................PresentSenator Teofisto L. Guingona III......................................................PresentSenator Gregorio B. Honasan II.......................................................PresentSenator Panfilo M. Lacson................................................................PresentSenator Manuel “Lito” M. Lapid......................................................PresentSenator Loren Legarda.....................................................................PresentSenator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr..................................PresentSenator Sergio R. Osmeña III..........................................................PresentSenator Francis N. Pangilinan...........................................................PresentSenator Aquilino L. Pimentel III........................................................PresentSenator Ralph G. Recto....................................................................PresentSenator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.....................................................PresentSenator Vicente C. Sotto III.............................................................PresentSenator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV...........................................PresentSenator Manny Villar.........................................................................PresentThe President.....................................................................................Present
The Presiding Officer
. With 23 Senator-Judges present, the Presiding Officer declares thepresence of a quorum.
Senator Sotto
. Mr. President.
The Presiding Officer
. The Floor Leader is recognized.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, may I ask the Sergeant-at-Arms to make the proclamation.
The Presiding Officer.
The Sergeant-at-Arms is directed to make the proclamation.
The Sergeant-at-Arms
. All persons are commanded to keep silent under pain of penalty whilethe Senate is sitting in trial on the Articles of Impeachment against Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.
 
TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012,
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The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader is recognized.
Senator Sotto
. Mr. President, I move that we dispense with the reading of the May 28, 2012
 Journal
of the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court, and consider the same as approved.
The Presiding Officer
. Is there any objection?
[Silence]
There being none, the May 28, 2012
 Journal
of the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court is hereby approved.The Secretary will please call the case before the Senate acting and sitting as an ImpeachmentCourt.
The Clerk of Court.
Case No. 002-2011, in the Matter of Impeachment Trial of Chief JusticeRenato C. Corona.
The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, may we ask the parties and/or their respective Counsel to entertheir appearances.
Representative Tupas.
Good afternoon, Mr. Senate President, and ladies and gentlemen of theSenate. On the part of the House of Representatives’ Prosecution Panel, same appearance. We areready, Your Honor.
The Presiding Officer.
It is noted.The Defense?
Mr. Cuevas.
For the Defense, Your Honor, the same appearance. We are ready for thescheduled promulgation of the decision of this case, Your Honor.
The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, the Senate has met as an Impeachment Court for 44 trial daysstarting January 16, 2012, to consider the Articles of Impeachment against Chief Justice Renato C.Corona. The Court convenes today to conclude this trial by voting on the Articles of Impeachment.Mr. President, pursuant to Article XI, Section 3, paragraphs 6 and 7 of the Constitution, and RuleXXI of the
 Rules of Procedure on Impeachment Trials
, we are ready to vote on the articles.
The Presiding Officer.
Before we proceed, the Chair would like to remind the Members of theCourt, the parties to this case and the public that on March 12, 2012, this Court ruled that no evidencefrom both the Prosecution and the Defense will be received and no verdict will be rendered on ArticlesI, IV, V, VI and VIII. In accordance with that earlier ruling, the votes will only be taken on ArticlesII, III and VII.The Clerk of Court will now read Article II.
The Clerk of Court.
Article II. — Respondent committed culpable violation of the Constitutionand/or betrayed the public trust when he failed to disclose to the public his Statement of Assets,Liabilities and Net Worth as required under Section 17, Article XI of the 1987 Constitution.
The Presiding Officer.
The question is on the second article of impeachment. Senator-Judges inthis Impeachment Court, is the Respondent, Renato C. Corona, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,guilty or not guilty?

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